This is a repost of my original which was submitted to [link=http://www.fx-sabers.com]FX Sabers[/link] yesterday. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just got mine from [link=http://www.brianstoys.com/store/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SXRBANAKINFXLIGHTSABER]Brian's Toys[/link]. It's nice to live close by, so I get one-day shipping for the standard rate. Quick overview, with an unboxing & a full review to follow this evening. Externally, it looks exactly the same as the fixed blade version. There's an ever-so-slight shading difference on the bronze buttons, but it's possible that this is just a manufacturing run difference that might be existant between runs of either model. Other than that, they're completely identical. No way to tell the difference, as far as I can tell. The blade is held in by a screw that passes through it, attached to the back of the large bronze button. It's TIGHT. At least on the initial removal. (I've only pulled it off and on once so far.) I've got pretty strong hands but had to wrap the button in a washcloth (to keep it from marring) and use a pair of pliers to get it off. It seems, if anything, to be even MORE sturdy when attached than the fixed version does. When you pull the blade, there's an insert which goes in its place. It's not actually necessary, as the hilt gives a "short circuit" sorta sound when you flip the switch with the blade removed, no matter whether the insert is there or not. I initially put my insert in upside down, as it actually seems more intuitive that way visually. I thought that they musta screwed something up though, as once in upside down, it doesn't look right. You'll see in the pics. After reading the instructions, I flipped it over and inserted it the correct way. Both the blade & the insert have a slot & tab mating with the hilt so they align correctly, allowing the screw to pass though. You can, as I noted, put the insert in "upside down" but it'll still line the holes up. With the insert in correctly, it's seated very deep and fits very tightly in the hole so I needed to grasp the little protrusion with a pair of pliers to remove it as well. Use padding so you don't scratch it. This blade has a different sound font, which I believe has been noted based on the ToyFare videos. I don't think I like it as much as the previous Anakin sound, but I'll hafta hear it a few more times to make a definitive judgement. As I said earlier, this blade is IN THERE. It's, at least for my initial waving around, VERY sturdy. FX's aren't really meant to be full-on duelling sabers, but I'd hazard a guess that this thing will be able to stand up to some light banging around, just as the fixed blade version is. The blade, under flourescent lighting, looks to be a slight bit brighter with the same shade as my fixed Anakin. It is nearly 3 years newer with brand new batteries, so that may be the reason there. The belt clip is a slightly different design than the original cell phone clip that was used for the movie prop. It's got a metal insert, the words "Star WArs" embossed on the back (where you can't see it while it's being worn), and seems very sturdy. Moreso than the original clip that my friend has. My first impression is VERY positive. For not much more than the cost of an eFX resin Anakin stunt saber, you get a good looking hilt with sound and a removable blade that'll likely stand up to a bit of light fun use. I see at least one more of this one in my future, as well as a couple of every other model they release. Smiley Check back later tonite sometime for a full pictoral unboxing & closeup shots of the attachment and comparison against a fixed blade version.